$650 College Student Desktop

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: $650 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modeling/MMO Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS. (I just need a PC)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Only

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No - Warranties are always good.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Up to 1920x1080. Will go lower if needed because of budget constraints.
I have this or maybe one version older.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889107062

Additional Comments: If I could get no LEDs that would be nice. I like a dark room. A plain professional case is preffered.
I was going to go with a Sandy Bridge I3 and a AMD 6850 and a 450W-500W power supply. That way I could squeeze in a nicer LGA 1155 motherboard to possibly upgrade to Ivy Bridge I5 and a better graphics card later on. I don't know if that is a good plan.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

Thanks for any feedback!
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  1. i5 2400 $190
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $70
    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 $165
    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB $100
    Antec ECo 620w $60
    Cooler Master Elite 430 $55
    Lg 22x DVD drive $18
    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $40

    Total: $698

    If you cant this, drop down to i3 2100, same parts will work. If you are thinking of upgrading to Ivy i5, then get the i3 then upgrade.
  2. OP - One of the best builds I can remember seeing out of a new poster.

    All I would say is if you don't want to upgrade you can drop $50ish off the price of the motherboard and get a gigabyte micro board instead and then increase the processor to an it-2400 like somekid said.

    The Asus CD drive is very good, but some other company might have a better deal on a worse CD drive if it has free shipping. The $8 shipping on the Asus drive right now is painful on a $19 object. Glad I got mine of those during a free shipping deal.

    Other than that, I would keep all the stuff you suggested the same.
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